Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Newberry Award Challenge

On August 1st, we had our cable turned off, for many reasons that are unimportant for this blog.

Now that we no longer have the entertainment of HGTV and the Food Network, I have utilized the public library a lot once more.  I was completely spoiled in St. Louis by an amazing library.  Basically any movie, magazine or book that I wanted I could find.  Citrus County libraries are very different.  I can't just walk in and find a lot that interests me. I have to look into books I want to read, and request them, wait for them to arrive at my branch, and then go and pick up the book.  I guess my days of leisurely looking through the library ended when Hattie-Grace was born as well :)

Anyway, I have always loved children's literature.  So I decided to start reading through all the Newberry award winning books.  The first award was given in 1922, so there are 91 books on my list.  My library is bound to have most of them available at some point.

The orderly, type A part of me wants to go in order of year awarded, but I have decided just to randomly choose a book off the list based on my interests at the time and availability at the library.  I hope to let y'all know about the books I've finished and how I enjoyed them.  I am no book reviewer, but I always like to get a good recommendation.

During my years as a student and teacher I have read many of these books already, but I hope to enjoy them in a different and new way this time around.

I kicked off the list with the 1963 award winner, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  You can read about this book on goodreads.com by clicking here.  Science fiction, suspenseful, sweet ending.  Great book, would read it again!

Next, I read the 1997 winner, The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg.  You can read about this book on goodreads.com by clicking here.  The author captures your attention with good character development and weaves each characters story together.  Great book, would read it again!

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